$333,370 Awarded This Year; $1.6 Million Over Past Seven Years
Katy, TX ~ The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its seventh year of Inspiring Imagination teacher grant recipients. Over 350 Katy ISD teachers at 43 different campuses were chosen for grants this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2019-2020 school year.
The Foundation exists to raise support for and manage the grant program, an initiative that funds innovative classroom instruction not possible within the parameters of a school district budget. Grant funds are raised through annual pledges from business and community investors, one-time contributions and events. The Foundation hosts three major fundraising events every year: Fireflies and Foodtrucks, slated for October 17, 2019, GROOVE and Reason2Race, both in the spring of 2020. BP, the Foundation’s Cornerstone Investor, funded multiple grants for its BP STEM Grant Program. The Katy ISD Education Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization for which donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 281-396-6031 or visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org.
About the Katy ISD Education Foundation –The Katy ISD Education Foundation unites people and companies with big hearts and a big belief in Katy ISD teachers and students to provide unprecedented opportunities for both. To join us in helping extraordinary teachers create extraordinary classroom experiences visit www.katyisdeducationfoundation.org.
Individual Grants – One teacher for up to $1,000
King Elementary, S.M.I.L.E. it’s Monday, Sarah Western; Williams Elementary, Princesses, Dragons and Percussion, Oh My!; Jennifer Patterson
Team of Two Grants – Two teachers for up to $2,500
Bryant Elementary, 3D Innovators, Led by Nidia Casillas; Griffin Elementary, Growing Up Gardening, Led by Carla Morgan; Holland Elementary, Citizen Scientists: Weather Station, Led by Stephanie Nady; Katy High School, Pocket Prairie Plants, Led by Rhonda Burrough; Katy Junior High, Where’s the Dirt???, Led by Jennifer LeBlanc; McDonald Junior High, Comfortable Seating for Building Reading, Led by Laura Berg; Morton Ranch High School, Brains & Brawn, Led by Pamela Pfile; Morton Ranch High School, Literacy Contagion, Led by Alicia Blankenship; Shafer Elementary, Uke Can Be A Lifelong Musician!, Led by Melanie Braddy; Stanley Elementary, “Uke” can do it! All aBOARD the Ukelele Train!, Led by Chrisinta Tschauner; We Take Reading “Series”- ously, Led by Stephanie Jones; Sundown Elementary, World Drumming Initiative, Led by Nancy Bransom; Tompkins High School, Drunk Driving and Identifying Skeletal Remains, Led by Stephanie Chronister; Traumatic Brain Injuries, Led by Lisa Gibbons; Winborn Elementary, Come Code With Me, Led by Denise Harrell; WoodCreek Elementary, Xenial Xylophones, Led by Bonnie McSpadden
Team Grants – Three or more teachers for up to $5,000
Alexander Elementary, Sensory Path to Success, Led by Amy Davies; Beckendorff Junior High, Checking Out Mindful Learning, Led by Alicia Leung; Bethke Elementary, Creating a Culture of Curiosity, Led by Katie Beard; Expedition OSMO, Led by Pamela Richardson; Math in Action, Led by Julie Fish; Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Led by Jennifer Johnson; Sensory Pathway to Learning, Led by Dana Stavinoha; Bryant Elementary, Engagement and Beyond!, Led by Stacey Colton; Powerful Passion Projects!, Led by Penelope Flores; Cardiff Junior High, Living (and Learning) LARGE, Led by Karen Edmundson; Cinco Ranch High School, Starring in a Breakout Role, Led by Elizabeth Smalley; Coleman Support Annex, Adaptive Behavior Social Skills through PE Activities, Led by Abigail Wylie; Creech Elementary, Once Upon a STREAM, Led by Rebecca Fielden; Davidson Elementary, Coaster Architects Wanted-May the Force Be With You, Led by Reagan Harris; Early Childhood Intervention, Movin’ & Groovin’- Developing Infant & Toddler Motor Skills, Led by Sara Katz; Fielder Elementary, Junior Coding, Led by Kathy Counterman; STEM in Action, Led by Jennifer Lowenthal; Swivling Students to Success, Led by Autumn Stewart; Golbow Elementary, An Out Of The Box Experience: Breakout EDU!, Led by Lauren Stewart; Hayes Elementary, Celebrate Good Writing, Come On!, Led by Kim Radzicki; Inquiring Scientists Want to Know!, Led by Frankie Morris; Wild Weather, Led by Brittney Brown; Jenks Elementary, Capture the Moment, Led by Casey Fragosa; Clay and Music Connect the Creative Souls, Led by Lisa Pickard; Creating Science Critics, Led by Ana Alonso; Everyone Speak Up “Your Voice Matters”, Led by Annalisa Matzen; Inspiring the Science and Technology Leaders of Tomorrow, Led by Karen Henao; Rhythmic Rumbles with Rhythmical Movement, Led by Kashif Aleem; Up, Up and Away, Led by Christina Mitchell; Katy Elementary, Boosting Brainpower Through Action Based Learning, Led by Amber Kell; SteamWorks, Led by Andrea Taylor; Katy High School, Inclusive Balls for CPE, Led by Shanna Marhofer; Katy Junior High, Close the Refrigerator Door!!!, Led by Barbara Smith; Friendship Grows Project, Led by Lesley Craig Unkefer; Kilpatrick Elementary, Hip Hip Hurray for Pretend Play!, Led by Kelly Schuler; Little Storytellers, Even Bigger Ideas, Led by Laura Bennett; Music for All, Led by Jessica Guest; King Elementary, Constructing Language Through Play, Led by Martha Luna Loya; On Board with Board Books, Led by Michelle Teinert; Readers’ Theater to Increase Reading Readiness and Expertise, Led by Katherine Treadaway; Mayde Creek High School, Gucci Reads (Good Books), Led by Patricia Wangler; Mayde Creek Junior High, Scholastic Scholars, Led by Sarah Worthen; McMeans Junior High, ESL High Interest Low Level Novels, Led by Allison Farris; Here Comes The Sun, Led by Kristine Moline; Memorial Parkway Junior High, TALONS Tournament, Led by Miriam Udo; Miller Career & Technology Center, Needles and Blood- Oh My! Certification Stacking Essentials, Led by Jennifer Dugger; Veterinary Assisting Collection and Analysis Lab Equipment, Led by Ashlie Bowen; Morton Ranch Elementary, Drumming As One: A Community of Culture and Performance, Led by Paul Cimini; Story Baskets, Led by Amy Jones; Morton Ranch High School, Spread Kindness Around Like Confetti School Pantry Project, Led by Shaundra Kiser; Step Into History, Led by Sarah Gonzalez; Nottingham Country Elementary, Building a Literate Life: Family Reading Time, Led by Caroline Wolf; READ: Read, Enjoy and Discover Part 2, Led by Heather Villarreal; Paetow High School, C-3PO- Programming for the Future, Led by Mary Ann Miron; Rhoads Elementary, Playing with STEM: There’s Science in Music!, Led by Stephanie Bradley; Shafer Elementary, Multisensory Project, Led by Stephanie Sharifi; Science on the Go – Thinking Outside the Classroom, Led by Stacey Stokes; Stanley Elementary, Sensory Overload, Led by Cayla Solis; Stephens Elementary, Growing Leaners Outside the Classroom, Led by Stacy Slater; Sundown Elementary, The Genius Hour, Led by Audra Gorsuch; Tays Junior High, Exploring Soft Robotics, Led by Stephen Bennett; Tompkins High School, Let’s Argue!, Led by Victoria Wernau; Mental Health Support for High School Students, Led by Michelle Tuttle; Student Centered STEM Investigations, Led by Jason Daigle; West Memorial Junior High, Do You See What I See?, Led by Erin Wise; Williams Elementary, Koding in Kinder- It’s never too early to learn to code!, Led by Stephanie Sparkman; Oh the Places We’ll Go With Our Chromebooks in Tow, Led by Lindsey Zhang; Wilson Elementary, Drum a Rhythm; Sing a Story!, Led by Brooke Yubaile; Winborn Elementary, Full STEAM Ahead: Creating Sound Stories, Led by Christen Jones; Wolman Elementary, READ TO ME Project, Led by Kristy Grubbs